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ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA -- Veterans Day may be Monday, but that's not stopping students at Ardmore Middle School from giving a little extra recognition to Texoma veterans Friday.

Ardmore Middle School celebrated Veterans Day early Friday, holding a recognition assembly for those who have served.

"Because Ardmore is not necessarily a military town, what I would consider a military town, sometimes we forget the sacrifices that our veterans have made," said Cindy Huddleston, principal at Ardmore Middle School.

Around 40 veterans from World War II, Vietnam, to the Gulf Wars attended.

"Oh I was overwhelmed, you know we hoped for a good turnout and we had a great turnout," said Huddleston.

The event included recognition of the service branches and patriotic songs performed by the school's choir and band.

Students were glad to honor veterans in their own way.

"I thought it was really nice we got to honor the veterans, because if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be here today, we wouldn't be a free country," said Blake Westbrook, an eighth grader at the school.

"It's always overwhelming when we have these children," said Clinton Holt, U.S. Army, Ret. "And I try to go to the exits to shake their hand when they leave and you'd be surprised how many people want to do that. They want to reach out and touch us. And that's heartwarming to us."

Students enjoyed getting to meet with veterans as well.

"I'd say the coolest part was that we actually had the veterans here and they could interact with everything and they could see what they're actually fighting for," said Arrah Roach, an eighth grader at Ardmore Middle School.

"That caps the day off, that caps the ceremony off," said Hold, who served in Vietnam.

For everyone in attendance , it was a time to remember and reflect.

"It's hard to stand up in front of a group of people, when you look out and there are grown men with tears in their eyes," said Huddleston. "I believe it was a very meaningful event for our students, for our faculty and staff and for our veterans also."

During the assembly veterans educated students on the proper way to fold an American flag and what each fold represents.